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Working the polls is always a great time.  Beyond meeting people and helping get out the vote I really enjoy all the discussions about politics and elections.   One of the discussions that comes up constantly is how we all need to improve how we conduct elections.  Most folks claim we need better technology – electronic voting, online voting, easier systems, voter alerts, better messaging, real time vote counting, digital fingerprints and what not.

These potential improvements may not be improvements at all and are pretty low on the priority list.

Our elections aren’t all that inefficient.   And they aren’t all that hard for the voter.   In fact, the election process is remarkably stable, resistant to complete systematic fraud, can still take place without a power source and takes less than an hour for most voters in a  typical election. Oh, and it is VERY INCLUSIVE to ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE – which is sort of the point.

What does need to get better is voter attitude.   We had a 25% turn out in my precinct and some of the 25% who turned out acted as if voting was some great burden.  Puhlease.

It is not too much to require citizens to show up, ink a ballot and slam it in a box.

Improving the technology isn’t going to magically make people care more.  That’s not a tech thing at all.

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I have that old Voodoo if you do…

Why is all this time and money being wasted running for office then if a god, goddess, Buddha, Allah or Comomo decides these things?

How insulting! Spend millions of dollars, work 20 hour days, spend 150,000 on clothes for the family so as not to look out of fashion and then make to ‘no avail’ by stating – “putting this in God’s hands, that the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4.” Drink the coolaide and everything will be “OK”!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/R/REL_PALIN_DOBSON?SITE=CONGRA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Furthermore Palin separated her statements from that of the GOP platform and John McCain specifically by stating opposing views to the Platform. When asked by the evangelical mystic James Dobson about the pounding the GOP is taking in the polls “also strengthens my faith, because I’m going to know, at the end of the day, putting this in God’s hands, that the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4. So I’m not discouraged at all.”

Palin spent 20 years in a Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church, but she usually refers to her faith generically as Christian, not even evangelical.

Her mystical thinking continued in the phone interview… that the campaign had to have faith that its message will be heard “minus the filter of the mainstream media.”

“That filter has to be erased,” she said. “So we have to have faith in the wisdom of the people that they’ll understand what our message is. But even bigger that then, I have to have that faith that God is going to help us get that message out there.”

A couple questions to consider as you cover your head tonight after the baseball game…

  1. Aren’t we the ones who decry the mixture of state religion in politics in the Middle East and other oligarchies?
  2. Who is she hoping will come to the rescue and micro-manage the workings of the populace?
  3. If she wins is it due to divine intervention?
  4. If she and McCain lose is it due to heathens and mainstream media or something more sinister like the mystical thinking chastised as Voodoo or Muslim extremism?

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